Microsoft news recap: ID@Xbox games showcase, proof of COVID-19 vaccination to be required for US offices, and more

Jack Wilkinson

Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Xbox Gear Shop adds new Halo Infinite, Forza, and Psychonauts 2 merch

New merchandise has been added to the Xbox Gear Shop to bring in new lines for upcoming and recently released titles, including Halo Infinite, Forza, and Psychonauts 2. T-shirts, caps, and hoodies, have all been added to the store.

Xbox gear shop halo and forza merch

Microsoft Edge’s Super Duper Secure Mode addresses Javascript vulnerabilities in a brand new way

A new Super Duper Secure Mode is being tested in Microsoft Edge that addresses vulnerabilities in JavaScript in a way that hasn’t been seen before – in the browser. It works by disabling the Just-in-Time compiler. The feature is hidden behind a flag in the web browser and is not suitable for general use just yet, due to its potential to break some websites.



Microsoft to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for everyone accessing its US offices next month

From next month, visitors to Microsoft’s offices in the United States will be required to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This requirement will cover employees, guests, and other third-parties. Employees who couldn’t have the vaccine on medical grounds or religious beliefs will be exempt.

Microsoft Logo New
Microsoft Logo New

Microsoft announces ID@Xbox games showcase on Twitch on August 10

On August 10, Microsoft is hosting an ID@Xbox games showcase over on Twitch.  The show will promote independent games, as well as make some new announcements of upcoming games.

ID@Xbox games showcase Twitch

This week in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams for Mac now supports native macOS notifications

Microsoft Teams has now added support for native macOS notifications, bringing a more unified notification experience that is consistent with other Mac apps.

Microsoft Teams will make documents shown on PC webcams easier to read for users

Reading documents and whiteboards through a webcam can be a difficult task, so Microsoft is looking to make it easier in Teams, with a new “Content from camera” feature. The feature is expected in September.

Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms are no longer supported in private channels meetings

Private channels meetings have lost support for Breakout Rooms. Microsoft says that it is due to the “design of the feature”.

Microsoft Teams users can now transfer calls between desktop and mobile devices

It is now possible to transfer calls between desktop and mobile devices in Microsoft Teams. When in a call and accessing Teams on another device, a banner will be displayed prompting that a call is in progress and provides the option to transfer it to the second device.

That’s it for this week. We will be back next week with more Microsoft news.